Professional Associations and Networks
This page provides links to professional associations and networks.
Articles in alphabetical order.
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"ASTD (American Society for training and Development) is the world's leading association of workplace learning and performance professionals, forming a world-class community of practice. ASTD's 70,000 members come from more than 100 countries and 15,000 organizations."
"ALT is a professional and scholarly association which seeks to bring together all those with an interest in the use of learning technology. With over 200 organisations and over 400 individuals in membership." Updated: 25 November 2003
A long well established professional association in the area of technology based learning.
"A dynamic global community committed to excellence and best practice in learning, through innovative and well-established techniques and technologies."
Added: 10 November 2003
Incorporating the British Association for Open Learning (BAOL) and The Forum for Technology in Training.
"CEdMA (Computer Education Management Association) provides a forum for managers and directors of computer education organizations where we can discuss many issues in computer training. Our goal is to work together as an organization to shape the future of our industry for excellence in Education, Training & Learning in ways that benefit members, customers, partners, and other employees within member organizations."
Added: 30 July 2001
A major US association.
"EIfEL (European Institute for E-Learning) is a European professional association dedicated to the support of the continuing professional development of individuals and the transformation of organisations who wish to enter into the knowledge economy and society"
Updated: 26 January 2005
site available in both French and English
"The eLearning Alliance is a membership-based organisation that seeks to promote eLearning in Scotland and beyond. It is a company limited by guarantee, and a not-for-profit organisation."
Updated: 20 September 2003
Holds a series of elearning events in Scotland for members and others
"A non-commercial, global community of people who make decisions at the intersection of learning, technology, business, and design."
Updated: 26 January 2005
If you live/work in the Silicon Valley you can get to monthly meetings. For others you can attend virtually. Note: This is a forum for seasoned professionals - not newbies.
"Information, archive and presentations of the first italian virtual community on e-learning."
Added: 3 June 2005
Site in Italian
"The eLearning Guild is a global community of practice for managers, developers, and designers of eLearning."
Added: 24 January 2004
Also organises e-learning events
"The eLearning Network is a long established non-profit making organisation run by a committee of learning professionals for all those interested in the application of technologies to learning. The aim is to provide a lead in the use of best practice in all aspects of learning technologies. This website provides information for anyone seeking the very latest information about e-learning developments.
Updated: 16 May 2003
Membership includes 6 one-day conferences, discounts for other events, members-only areas of website, free subscriptions to e.learning age and Open Learning Today magazines.
"Largest consortium of energy companies that use eLearning. Member companies share content & development costs with each other."
Added: 6 September 2003
Find out more about membership benefits at the website.
"The world's first professional body for IT training professionals."
"The International Association for Distance Learning (IADL) was originally established to promote quality in distance education and training, and to provide approval and recognition of open and distance learning programmes and their providers. This remit now also includes providers of elearning and online courses worldwide. Our membership includes colleges, universities, schools, private training companies, corporate training departments, NGOs and other organisations."
Added: 2 July 2006
The IADL is an independent, non-profit organisation with its principal administrative offices in the United Kingdom.
"The Learning Federation is a partnership joining companies, universities, government agencies and private foundations to promote a national research plan to create radically improved approaches to teaching and learning enabled by information technology."
Updated: 26 January 200
"The Learning Federation was created to catalyze a revolution in learning science and technology and launch the action plan to make it a reality."